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Agents Beware - Rental fraud on the rise, alleges due diligence firm

There’s a new warning the rental fraud could be on the rise. Due diligence firm Homeppl says the combination of possible job losses amongst renters at the...

Airbnb launches scheme to give hosts health and safety information

Airbnb has launched a scheme it calls the UK Trust and Safety Alliance to offer hosts information on health, safety and related issues.  Founding members of the...

Lettings agency in the clear over HMO licensing issue

A ruling of the First Tier Property Tribunal has put a London property management firm in the clear following a dispute concerning a licence for an...

Free up time by automating Right To Rent checks, agents urged

There’s a call for agents to free up valuable time by ensuring Right To Rent checks are automated rather than performed manually. Blinc UK, an anti-money laundering...

Purplebricks deal offers energy efficiency and compliance service

A new partnership with a PropTech supplier means Purplebricks is now offering landlord clients improved compliance over energy efficiency and other issues. The partnership is with geospatial...

Government updates Covid guidance for private rental sector

The government has updated its guidance for agents, landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales has...

Capital appreciation surge makes case for buy to let - agency chief

The capital appreciation of the past year proves that there’s no better investment than bricks and mortar, according to an agency chief. In an exercise which may...

Referencing provider integrates with agency software platform

Referencing provider RentProfile has partnered with Dezrez to provide an integration allowing agents to request checks within the Rezi software platform. Dezrez provides cloud-based, API-driven estate agency...

Lettings Candidate of the Year amongst upcoming Propertymark awards

New categories have been added to this year’s Propertymark Qualifications Awards, to recognise educational success in the industry.  Propertymark Qualifications says that despite the pandemic over 500...

£10m arrears scheme launches to help Covid-hit renters

A new £10m scheme to help renters with Covid-related arrears has been launched in Wales.  Called the Tenancy Hardship Grant, and introduced by the Welsh Government, it...

Major PropTech deal heralds expansion of insurance to tenants

Californian PropTech firm Trov, specialising in digital insurance for tenants, has announced a deal with major UK rental companies.  The deal is with Hamilton Fraser - already...

Working from home spells bad news for agents renting to office staff

There may be bad news for agencies with reliance on office workers who rent - a new survey suggests 10 per cent believe they are never...

Expansion for family-owned agency business

Midlands estate agency Webb’s is expanding its operations after opening a new office in Lichfield city centre. The agency already has offices in Cannock, Bloxwich and Hinckley but has...

Rental sector bounce back underway, says leading agency

The rental sector bounce back in London and the Home Counties is now underway according to Knight Frank. The agency forecasts rental values will end 2021 flat...

New drive to make all rental properties improve energy efficiency

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private rented sector to become even...

Another warning to John Lewis and Lloyds - stay out of rental sector

Last week the tax firm Blick Rothenberg advised John Lewis and Lloyds Bank to stay out of the private rental sector because it may harm their...

Virtual tours only on seven per cent of rental listings, despite surge

A 360-degree virtual tour supplier says there’s been a 600 per cent increase in use of the technology since late 2019 - yet even after the...

Private rental sector estimated at being worth £1.4 trillion

A new estimate put the value of the UK private rental sector at almost £1.4 trillion. Buy to let and investment consultancy Sequre Property Investment says it’s...

Agent accuses landlords of ‘not taking responsibilities seriously’

A controversial lettings agent who has set up a business to sell rental insurance has accused landlords of not taking their responsibilities seriously. Ajay Jagota, who runs...

Agents growing impatient with government over Covid arrears

Agents say not enough is being done to help tenants with Covid-related problems - and that’s despite the issue repeatedly being raised with government.  A Propertymark statement...

Rightmove bigs up its improved lettings referencing platform

The newly rebranded Rightmove Landlord & Tenant Services has made improvements to the time it takes for an agent to request and receive a reference. The portal...

End all S24 evictions now, demand Baroness and Lord

A prominent member of the House of Lords and a rental activist are calling for an immediate suspension of all Section 24 evictions, pending a change...

Short Lets sector bounces back from Covid trough

London’s short lets sector has bounced back from the Covid shutdowns and is now stronger than hotels and serviced apartments. That's the result of a study by the...

Climate Change Targets: Agents demand cash help for rental sector

Propertymark says new figures detailing the costs of energy efficiency improvements in the private rental sector show the need for a government financial package.  The latest English...

How much does a physical viewing cost a lettings agent?

A supplier of virtual viewings claims each property’s physical viewings cost £233 of an agent’s time on average - and that’s without fuel or other charges. U-See...

Online agency to involve landlords and tenants in climate gesture

Online lettings agency Accommodation has pledged to plant a new tree for every property let - it has already planting 1,190 trees to offset its workforce’s...

Warning to agents to schedule regular compliance checks

There’s a warning from an industry trade body that some agents may have failed to take compliance obligations seriously enough.  Paul Offley, compliance officer with The Guild...

Rent To Rent scandal exposed on TV show about rogue letting agent

A London lettings agency is exposed on TV this evening over what turns out to be a sham guaranteed rent scheme. Landlords Suketu and Minesha Patel own a...

Labour and Generation Rent join forces again for rent controls

The Generation Rent campaign group and Labour are again uniting to argue in favour of rent controls in London. Just last week London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan,...

Council’s civil penalty threat over electrical safety in rental properties

Bury council in Greater Manchester has adopted new measures to fine agents or landlords up to £30,000 if their properties fail electrical safety standards introduced in...

Just Grand! Rents hit £1,000 pcm as supply stays low

Record tenant demand and record-fast lettings have combined to create an average asking rent above £1,000 per calendar month for homes outside London. Rightmove’s Quarterly Rental Trends...

Rent recovery in London may kick-start capital sales market too

Rapidly rising rents may trigger a new wave of investment buyers in London, helping to resuscitate the capital’s sales market in the process. That’s the view of...

Warning to John Lewis - rental homes could destroy your reputation

Supermarket chains like John Lewis and banks like Lloyds - both entering the private rental sector as large scale landlords - could end up destroying their...

Payments and lettings platform integration is PropTech first - claim

Lettings PropTech platform teclet - part of Glanty, now owned outright by OnTheMarket - has signed off on a link with automated payment service PayProp. Added to...

Agency uses podcast to explore growing retail-to-resi trend

A lettings agency is using its latest podcast to explore the retail-to-resi trend in the housing market. Winkworth’s podcast under The Property Exchange banner comes just after...

Keep wearing facemasks after July 19, ARLA Propertymark tells agents

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from July 19, next Monday. However, and...

Complaints about lettings agents are soaring, says redress firm

Complaints referred to the Property Redress Scheme against its members grew by more than a quarter during 2020. In its annual report for the period December 1...

Agents’ group warns of widespread evictions without government support

The UK Association of Letting Agents trade body is warning of “widespread evictions” unless government support is offered to tenants. UKALA chairman Tim Clark says: “The restrictions...

Agency apologises following office protest by activists

A lettings agency has apologised after a campaign by activists about the condition of a rental property it manages. Protesters outside the Oxford office of Chancellors showed...

Investment lettings firm rebrands in UK and Far East

Leeds property investment agency ERE Property has undergone a company-wide rebrand in the UK and Hong Kong. No images have been released of the rebrand but managing...

Agents hit back at Labour Mayor’s demand for rent controls

ARLA Propertymark has hit back at a demand from London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan that he be given the powers to control private rents in the...

Boom: new figures show rental market rising 8.5% a year

Across Great Britain the pace of rental growth continued to climb in June, with rents rising 8.5 per cent year-on-year. The data comes from Connells-owned agency Hamptons. The...

London On The Up - rent rises after 13 consecutive months of falls

Connells-owned high end agency Hamptons has declared the bottom of the rental market for Inner London, saying it’s now on the way back after 13 months...

Buy To Let investment split nears 50:50 men and women, says agency

Women now make up 48 per cent of the 2.6m buy to let investors in the UK, according to London lettings agent ludlowthompson. The number of residential...

Big rise in energy efficiency of private rented homes says government

The latest English Housing Survey shows a dramatic rise in the energy efficiency of private rental property. Some 38 per cent of homes in the private rented...

Commuter Belt rental market stronger than London, says agency

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic rents across all prime London regions saw a return to positive growth in the second quarter...

Dramatic reform likely for rental sector in Scotland - warning

There was much publicity this week for the efforts of the Welsh Government to deter the letting of second homes. Now it appears Scotland may be about...

Royal Respect! Top supplier wins prestigious award

The Letting Partnership has been recognised for its excellence in Innovation, winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The supplier’s HealthChecks are widely recognised and accepted as an...

Fast-growing agency group reveals ‘transformational’ merger

Two major south of England agency have merged in what they describe as a “transformational deal.”  Brand Vaughan, part of the expanding Lomond Group, and Michael Jones...

First tenants to move into Lloyds Bank rental units this summer

Lloyds Bank says tenants will “within the next few weeks” move into the first of a series of new developments it is buying as it enters...

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